Circle W Photography and other interests

Lets talk Photography and Guns

Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

More on the fsx simpit

leave a comment »

ok I’m still working on my simpit and fsx.  For AC I’ve invested in the dhc-2 beaver, dhc-6 twin otter, c-130,c-17,c-27 and c5 plus others like the uh1, hh60.  I purchased a used VRInsight ProPit but that might have been a mistake.  I got it used, but the problem seems is there isn’t much support for adding different AC to it.  It come ready to work with three I know of for max the c172,c-182 and the mooney none of witch I plan on flying much except for the time in the book for getting my if r training iirc.  I made an order for another USB I/O card and switches for it.  The PhDs plug and play kit I got off ebay controls 20 switches and if I use the ones it came with will be 5 ea push button, toggle rocker and push button momentarily.  I ordered what seemed like a ton of switches I expected to use toggle on,off,on, and on, off with covers I think I ordered some momentarily on push buttons and one other switch as I recal.  The new ISO card is better from my understanding and will control up to 32 switches

On another note it’s time to get ready for sass world championship End of Trail match coming up next month.  I still need to reload some 38-55 for plainsman, I should have enought 38wcf for a warmup and main match but I’m taking the 45s along in case.  I figure for just the three matches warmup, main and plainsman I’ll nee the 28-55 handi rifle, two 73s one in 38 WCF and the other in 45 colt for backup I’ll need my roa for plainsman and my USFA SAAs for main match and Ruger Bisley Vaquero 45colt for bu.  next is the scatter guns, I’m taking my Remington spr 220 for plainsman and my 87 copy for main and ten for backup.  Then ammo for all.  Leather will be the same as my Kirtpatrick Long Hunter 09 holsters fit any of main match revolvers I have one set in black and another in russet.  The latter are new all are strong side holsters.  I have a couple other thing to work out also.  My boot chap or boats iirc need enlarging or remaking to fit me.  My chinks will be tight but I might need a few extension straps made to get them to work.  If everything goes right I’ll be dressed differently each day.  Plainsman will be pigskin pants and buckskin shirt, for warmup will be a shirt and pants, on main match day one will be one of these chaps, chinks or botas(boot chaps) a vest of one of two right now, one day will be in uniform so I’ll have to work hard to have the required items.  Unfortunately since my diabetes my feet require special boots and I’ll be wearing them other wise I would be bringing my earth walkers and that would give me a choice in footware.  But this year I’ll be wearing the same lace ups everyday.  Since I can’t move well I try to do two things dress differently every day and try to shoot clean.
I’ve got some money coming and plan on getting a SxS utv and enclosed trailer to carry everything in plus for the weekend events I plan on throwing a cot in it and using it for camping.  I’ll need a couple of things to make it homely for the weekend.  But if it gets me out the so much the better.
Till next time.

I got some great new yesterday

with one comment

Yesterday while I was busy preparing things for the move to Alamogordo I received a call from Jack, the service manager for Thunderbird HD here in Albuquerque.

A little history first. Back in June, I was busy running around taking taking care of things to get ready for shooting SASS’s EOT. Instead of moving the camper from Enchanted Trails and dry camping at the ranch for the week, I planned to stage my gear at the ranch with friends and only take the truck with the gear on the first day, warmup day for each match.

To start off with I planned to take the truck over with my Wild Bunch gear and my scooter/gun cart over on the WB warmup day shoot the warmup, stage my gear with a friend, bring the truck home. Nthen during the WB match ride the bike across the mountian each day. Then take the truck back over on the side match day shoot the side matches, pick up the WB gear and stage the Cowboy gear for that match. The ride the bike until the last day of the match. Then bring home all the gear. So IIRC (If I Remember Correctly) that may require me to drive the truck three days sand the bike five or six days.

As I was scheduling the bike for some prevented maintenance at Thunderbird for the week following EOT I went to leave an the oil light came on and the bike wasn’t running right so I pulled a U -Turn and back to the dealer. Well it looks like the problem that I was scheduling the bike to be repaired broke a week and a feedays early. Bad luck.

Well, it was closing time and the match stated the ext day. I eft the bike, called for a ride home and left the bike at Thubderbird. Jack, called me the next day a confirmed the suspensions that we had the previous day. The timing chain tensioner was severely worn and the chain took out the oil pump. And on a air cooled motor no oil is a very bad thing. It sounded like there was a knock in the lower end. The motor has around 35K miles on it. A little early for such things to wear out. I was aware that some motors were in need of rebuilding at 45K-60K. And was thinking I would tear it down replace the wore parts ad put it back together. I do have over a decade of aircraft maintenance experience and the shop manual. But when the knock occurred I felt it was above my abilities. So I got a quote for the repair.

The bill was for taking the motor out sending it to HD in Milwaukee. Have them tear it down. And rebuild it. Ship it back. And have Thunderbird reinstall it. This would give me a one year warranty on the motor and basically a new motor. This sounded great. I got Athens quote nd my jaw dropped. $3800 give or take depending if they found anything else wrong when they took it out.
I don’t have that laying around and ask if it would be ok to leave the bike there in the mean time. The answer was yes. I ask if there would be a fee for keeping the bike until if could come up with the money, no. So the bike has been there since June. I stopped by to put somea couple hounded down and start send some money every chance I could and was told that that wasn’t enough to to open a ticket it would take $2700. I didn’t have that much and have been thinking how to get that much money on my fixed income. nothing was coming to mind short or refinancing my house or selling some stuff.

Well, back to the future or actually yesterday. Jack called from Thunderbird HD and they ran the VIN from the bike and found out that I have an extended warranty until 2015.. And the repair job is only going to cost me $50. Yee ha,problem solved. If possible I have a policy of purchasing extended warrenties for high end items like laptops and vehicles. With my luck they pay off. But I forgot that i got one for the bike since I got it used. And hadn’t needed it I the year I had the bike.

So, I am very happy. I things go right I might have it back before I head to Arizona in few weeks.
I will request that they upgrade the tensioners to the better hydrollyic ones. And serif any other parts need to be upgraded to give the motor a better chance to make 100Kbefore need to be torn down again.

That’s it for today and here is a shot of me on it last year in Atlanta during one off there colder days.

20120105-075207.jpg

Written by circlew

January 5, 2012 at 7:51 am

My End Of Year Relavations for 2011

leave a comment »

I received an iPad for Christmas and have really enjoyed th enlarger screen for any tasks that I had become dependent on using my iPhone or even iPod touch before that. I’ve been exploring the many apps out there that interest me from online magazines which are more that a digital copy of their print version these have snippets or mini movies to expand on the printed text. To the remote operation of tasks on my PC. And everything in between.

The first things I got for the iPad was the camera connection kit and the only mil-spec case the – Survivor, made by Griffin. The only draw back to it is that the connector for the USB to iPad from the camera connection kit will not for the area allowed by the case. So I called Griffin and spoke with them as to making that correction in the next version of the case hoping that it already available but the case was not to be.

I then went about adding all the apps from my iPhone to the iPad. Most were real easy to add and sync but one. Two required and upgrade to the iPad version or a off line storage or external sync apps like Pocket Money. And then some there was no way to transfer the data and I will be manually adding the data later..

Now let’s review month by month what 2011 held for me

January.. I went to Joe NcNally’s Kelby training event in Atlanta. It wasn’t my first training session with the great Mr. McNally. I took almost all of his courses at Photoshop World West a couple of years ago and his class online at KelbyTraining.com

February.. I do not recall much happening except watching the Super Bowl and a lot of ice in the mountains of NE Georgia.

March.. Well that was an bad month for me. While visiting my Dad in Athens Georgia my kidneys shut down and I took a ride to the ER in an ambulance. Awaking a couple of days later to find out that I broke two bones in my right foot and came within minutes of having to go on dialysis. Then spending a few days up on the ward not feeling well as well as sleeping and eating very little.

April.. Moved the rig to Albuquerque for the first of three SASS matches at the Founders Ranch outside of Edgewood NM. Since there was little of no practice prior to shooting and very little prep I had a good time and shot as expected.

May.. Very little happened in May that I recall.

June.. This month held the second annual match for Fiunders Ranch the grand daddy SASS match the world championship of SASS. Known to its followers as End of Trail or EOT. I shot the Wild Bunch match to be DQed on the 2nd stage. Then I went on to the SASS Match will some prep but not enough to make the top ten in my category. I felt that the first day of stages we too slow to be competitive. The second day was better but still I was lacking and had several ammo problems that I had to correct my hand loading enough ammo for the last day that evening. The third day was my best day by far of both matches.

Also in June was when my bloke went down. The timing chain tensioners went, allowing the timing chain to take out the oil pump and so on. And it continues to sit until I either give the $2700 to remove the motor and send it back to the factory to be rebuilt, and returned where they want the remaining balance to finish everything.

July…a few tips to the VA.

August…

September..

October.. I had surgery on my foot.m I wasn’t prepared for the toll it took on me.

November…still recovering..

December…I finally start to gather my energy and start to be able to function.

Brrrrrr…..

leave a comment »

Well the storm made it to New Mexico. The snow wasn’t as bad as I was expecting but the wind is worst making it feel a lot colder than it is. The first snow storm give us more snow at the RVResort where i been staying. But, the storm hasn’t finished with us yet.

The state has closed most of the roads in and out of Albuquerque. I40 west is clost the exit before the one I normally take to get to Enchanted Trails which is exit 249 so I will have to take Central to make it home after I go shopping for grub later this morning. I40 east is closed at Louisiana.. I25 south is closed at Bernallio and north is closed but I forgot where at. So Albuquerque is locked in with the big rigs parked awaiting for the roads to open..

Well that’s it for now.

Written by circlew

December 23, 2011 at 6:43 am

Posted in Travel, Uncategorized

Tagged with , ,

The last day before….

leave a comment »

Well after a late night loading software on the laptop I got bed and fell asleep around 5 am. I still having trouble with the network showing drives and stuff. Need access to load LR3 catalog so I can print out a photo for someone and burning a cd for someone else.

I got a note from the VA that I have an appointment on Tuesday the 21. Well that will not work since I have Wild Bunch RO training at that time. Called prosthetics and told them I was in town today could they fit me in. I was told to come on down. So I went in to order new shoes and inserts.

Went to put the gun cart together for the scooter and about every third piece was missing. I Couldn’t. Find one of the brackets that go between the cart and the scooter. Also, the box for the cart was seen. I was going to redesign to setup but doubt I have time to do it today. Looks like I will be using my Off The Wall cart and walking. Which might be better anyway because the cart in acting up my tripping something and takes forever to get anywhere.

Went by the ranch and it appears everything is ready.

Spoke with Gunther Cartright for a spell and the head west. Stop by a friends for salad and pizza. The headed further west to Wally world boy has it changed since Sam passed. Every year seams to get worst and worst. The shelves were bare and the isle around the open freezers was packed with pallets. No one was filling the shelves. Filled the buggy with what they had and headed home to put the stuff away and get things ready for a 6 am wake up and on the road by 7 to arrive by 8 for 9 am registration and safety brief. Good nite ya

What a couple of days it has been!

leave a comment »

Well, Tuesday night I was thinking I wouldn’t get paid until next Wednesday but it was this Wednesday.    then Wednesday I was trying to find a Bank of America and on the way I was pulled over by Albuquerque PD for texting.  First off I was late paying my Verizon bill and the service was suspended so no way to text or talk on it.  I informed the officer of this when he finally got  around to explaining why I was pulled over.  But, he said that he was under orders to write up everyone he saw texting.  I also told him I wasn’t a resident of Albuquerque(ABQ) and was unaware of this texting law,  that didn’t even slow him down.  Turns out that I hadn’t put a new insurance card in the truck and the one in there was a year old.  So now on Monday the 27 at 1:15pm I have to be in court for the two tickets, neither are points against my license I was told but both requires me to see the judge.

Then on the way home I stopped to pick up my laptop from  Staple’s who I have the warranty for it with.  The repair depot shipped it to Alamogordo while I am up here for EOT.  So no one was there to sign for it.  Now UPS has it and who knows when it will be sent to Staples for them to do their stuff on it.  The OS was acting up and the recompilation discs would lock up before completing the restore.  So some how we need to load Windows 7 Home Premium on it then upgrade it over the internet to Win 7 Ultimate.  And all the updates to it so I can do clean installs of the programs that I use.  Yesterday(Tue) evening when I stopped in and found this out, The tech and Manager told me that first thing Wednesday they would call and get the laptop sent over night to them.  Stopped by late today and nothing was annotated that they made the call.  So I wasn’t the polite customer that I have been.  I dropped it off the last week of May here June is Half over and I do not have my laptop.

But, before this I was on the bike earlier today until the  second trip to Thunderbird Harley Davidson.  The first time I went by for an exhaust gasket and to see if they could put it on be cause I thought the plugs were fouling out because of a leak.  We talk about this and I had him come out and do something on bike or show me something and right off the Service writer started telling me that I am due to have the timing belt and tensioners  replace before they fell and take out the oil pump.  Well I looked at my calendar and figure the best time would be to have done right after the 4th of July.  I asked what would happen if they fail, the bike would die.  OK, so off I go.  I was going to have a friend do the plugs and gasket for me found a nut for the exhaust flange missing.  So back to Thunderbird, as I pull in the oil light comes on.  I check it and plenty of oil.  So put the nut on and start to leave and it isn’t running well.  So I do a Uey and take it back to  have it checked in for repair.   Called a friend to pick me up and he says sure, so I wait he shows up then tells me that he wouldn’t be able to take me home for several hours.  Call another friend to pick me up at his house to bring me home.  That’s when I headed to Staples after almost filling up the tanks on the truck with $300 worth of Diesel.  It probably would have taken another $50 or more of fuel to fill both the main tank and the tank in the bed.

I will try to get the Chapter 1 review of the “Speedliters Handbook” before Friday.  Sorry guys

This post will cover several days info

leave a comment »

Well I been busy the last few days and wasn’t able to post anything.  But, I have several things to post so If I can remember correctly I will do it in a day by day format.  sop here it goes..

Wednesday I got paid and placed an order for some Tripp Magazine springs and followers in a rebuild kit.  These are top shelf parts that make my Chip McCormick mags bulletproof for the Wild Bunch match in a couple of weeks.  Then ran out to have lunch with Kurt and pay him for some stuff he had ordered for me.  We went to tan ATM and my card wouldn’t work so I went on to Subway and had lunch with him.  Went to the nearest Wells Fargo, in a corner of a Smiths.  The checked it and sure enough it was bad so they ordered me a new Visa Check card and an ATM card also.  Then over to Kirtland to get Diesel and there price was 11 cents higher than the Loves store down town, so much for saving 20% over the prices in the local community.  By then it was too late to head to Alamogordo.  So I did some shopping that needed to get done and headed back to the RV.

Thursday morning I got up and Shyanne(my dog) headed to Alamogordo I burned some podcasts and some of the KelbyTraining DVDs to my iPhone for the stretch from San Antonio to Alamogordo where the radio sucks.   We Load up and I stop at Loves put $150 in the tank.  We stop by Sonic and grap a bite to eat and ht the road.  I reset the trucks info center so I would be able to check miles and the computers average miles per gallon data.  We drive down and I am doing the speed limit on I 25 south which is 75.  When I turn off on to 380 I drop it a mph to 74.  then when I get on 54 I drop it to 64.  The drive is quiet and uneventful.

I go the BX at Holloman AFB to pickup 6 of the above mags that I had ordered through them last month. then head over to the house to pickup several items that were there and picked up two cases of Amsoil MP that I plan to sell at matches since I was down to my last couple of cans. then I grabbed a Tiger Buger from Hi-D-Ho and was on the way home.

While driving back I came to a conclusion to start reviewing the photobooks  that I have as I read them.  Most I have used as a reference material and never read them cover to cover before some I have and I will scan them for the main points and post them here.  I will be doing a chapter by chapter book report so to speak.  I will be posing those on Wednesdays starting next week with Chapter one From Syl Arena’s “Speedliters Handbook”.  This will help those that are not able to read them themselves and be in a concise format almost a bullet  point setup but in paragraph format.  So stay tuned and come back especially on Wednesdays.

Today I am catching up on my posting and about to start cutting out the parts of my new gun belt after I eat.